Spring 2019 Newsletter

The Foundation Trumpet Newsletter

How We Fulfilled Our Mission in 2018

In 1992, Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to honor America’s fallen firefighters and assist their families. Over the past 27 years, we have supported thousands of families as they rebuilt their lives. Our 2018 Annual Report, shows how the NFFF strives to fulfill its mission.


National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fourth consecutive time the Foundation has earned this top distinction.

4 Star Rating - Charity Navigator
Reminder: The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation does not solicit donations by phone or employ outside companies to do so. You donate by mail, by phone or through our website.


17th Annual Truman Legacy Symposium

A Partnership National Fallen Firefighters Foundation & the Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation

Announcing the 17th Annual Harry S. Truman Legacy Symposium

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Key West Harry S. Truman Foundation are pleased to announce the 17th Annual Harry S. Truman Legacy Symposium on May 5-6, 2019. This year’s theme is “Truman’s Legacy toward Fire Prevention, Fire Safety and Historic Preservation” and is centered on the final report from the 1947 President’s Conference on Fire Prevention.


Two Organizations Selected Co-Recipients of the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award

The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) selected the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative and the Denver Fire Department as the co-recipients of the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award.


Michael Leonard

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Leonard, Vice President of Motorola Solutions Sales and Services, Inc. for the Mid-Atlantic region to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Fire Hero Family Programs News

2019 Young Adults Retreat

Get Ready for Adventure at the 2019 Young Adults Retreat

This event will combine challenging outdoor experiences, facilitated conversation and discussion, and activities designed to help unravel the complex emotions that make up grief and loss and promote useful coping skills. The emphasis will be on sharing stories, creating new experiences, and connecting with others.

Register Today for the 2019 Young Adults Retreat in Moab, Utah
Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until full or until June 15, 2019


2019 Hal Bruno Camps for Children of Fallen Firefighters

Register for the Hal Bruno Camps for Children of Fallen Firefighters

It’s camp time again, one of our favorite times of the year! The Fire Hero Family Programs team is pleased to invite you and your children to attend the 8th annual Hal Bruno Camp. This special camp is open to children and step-children whose firefighter parent has been honored or is approved to be honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. This weekend camp gives grieving children a chance to just be children, while also providing a safe space to share with peers who have suffered a similar loss.

» Fire Service Volunteers: Register for the Comfort Zone Camp Volunteer Training 2019 «


Celebrating a Year of Resilience: A Look Back at Family Programs

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Family Programs looks back at 2018 as a year of healing, connection, and resilience.


Apply for a Columbia Southern University Scholarship Starting on May 1

CSU will grant one scholarship to the spouse or partner of a firefighter who has been honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. This scholarship covers up to 60 hours toward one online degree program with Columbia Southern University. The scholarship will be applied directly to the recipient’s tuition for up to three years or until the completion of the selected online degree program, whichever comes first.

Columbia Southern University's 2018 NFFF Scholarship


Fire Service Programs News

2019 High School Fire & EMS Cadet Program Symposium

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to Host the National High School Fire and EMS Cadet Program Symposium

The Symposium, the first event of its kind, will be held July 10-12, 2019, and will empower cadet programs with the tools they need to maximize their learning outcomes.

FIRST and FDSOA are Taking Safety Culture to the Street

The Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) and the Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST) at Drexel University have partnered to help you FOCUS on your safety culture. FOCUS is a validated and reliable tool that allows an in-depth look into your department’s safety culture and its effect on job satisfaction/moral, engagement, and burnout in your department.


Leadership in a Dynamic Environment – Free Training for Chiefs, Officers, and Future Leaders

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will host two sessions of, Leadership in a Dynamic Environment, a one-day symposium on organizational leadership. Topics will include: leading and managing progress in a post-tragedy environment, managing complex incidents, developing and using a tactical worksheet, and organizational skills.

Leadership in a Dynamic Environment

« Register Today – Sessions Limited to 50 Participants »
Two Sessions: May 17, 2019 | May 18, 2019


Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Captain David Harris

On this episode of Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up, Captain David Harris talks about a strategic focus on training that gain real-world experience for firefighters who, in the future, will encounter similar scenarios.
» Watch More Speak Up Videos

Drivers Are More Likely to be Distracted Around Emergency Vehicles, According to Survey from National Safety Council and Emergency Responder Safety Institute

National Safety Council and Emergency Responder Safety Institute find far too many drivers post to social media and take photos or videos when emergency personnel are responding to an incident.


Send the Everyone Goes Home® Program Your SOPs

We’re collecting information about SOPs on cancer reduction, violent incidents, mental health, and response policies to highlight best practices.


Fire Hero Learning Network: Responding to Violent Incidents Training

Responding to Violent Incidents Training is one-hour, self-paced program provides participants with a basic knowledge of best practices gleaned from fire departments across the country and provides recommendations in-line with NFPA 3000™ (PS) Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response Program.

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Thank You to Chase, Madison Square Garden, and all Who Supported and Climbed at the New York Knicks 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

The Knicks 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb was held on April 7, inside Madison Square Garden. This climb benefits the NFFF, the Uniformed Firefighters Association Widows and Childrens Fund, and the FDNY Counseling Services Unit.

» View & Download Photos from the Climb «

Tyler Rutter: Why I Climb

For the past eight years, I have climbed in honor of Michael F. Cammarata and Christina Taylor Green. At every event I’m blessed to share their stories and learn of another heroes that perished that day as I select another picture to carry with me as I climb.


Help Expand the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park

Honor firefighters who died in the line of duty prior to 1981 on the Walk of Honor® by making a donation for Project Roll Call.

Project Roll Call


Raise a Glass in Tribute

Raise a Glass in Tribute

For the fifth year, Distant Cellars Winery is offering Tribute Wine to support the programs and services of the NFFF.

Volunteers Needed! Brick Sorting Day at the Walk of Honor®

Join the Foundation Staff on May 15, 2019, at 10:00 am, on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center, to help sort over 1,500 bricks that will be placed on the Walk of Honor®. If you are available, please E-mail your name (as it appears on your driver’s license) to enagle@firehero.org by noon on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, so we can add you to the security list.

Upcoming Events


2019 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs
Locations Across the US – Various Locations, US
March 6, 2019 – September 28, 2019

2019 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournaments
Locations Across the US – Various Locations, US
April 4, 2019 – November 9, 2019

2019 Young Adults Retreat
Red Cliffs Lodge – Moab, UT
July 28, 2019 – August 1, 2019

Fire-Rescue International 2019
Georgia World Congress Center – Atlanta, GA
August 7, 2019 – August 10, 2019

38th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
National Emergency Training Center – Emmitsburg, MD
October 5, 2019 – October 6, 2019

Firehouse Expo 2019
Music City Center – Nashville, TN
October 8, 2019 – October 12, 2019

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2019 Young Adults Retreat

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